The Ralston Public Schools Board of Education is being recognized as an NASB Board of Excellence for the 2019-2020 awards year.
The school board members earning the Board of Excellence award are Jay Irwin, Heather Johnson, Elizabeth Kumru, Linda Richards, Robin Richards and Mary Roarty.
The Awards of Achievement Program gives NASB the opportunity to recognize school district and ESU board members for achieving new levels of success during the awards year.
The Awards of Achievement program year runs from Aug. 1 through July 31. Board members are awarded for their participation in NASB Services and Programs, as well as attendance at NASB workshops and events.
The Award is presented to boards who meet the criteria during the Awards Year.
The criteria includes a component for individual and collective commitment to board member professional development, specifically: attendance at NASB conferences and workshops to grow board member knowledge and skills; having a board member present at the annual Delegate Assembly to have the board’s local voice heard in the legislative process; and holding an annual board retreat to discuss and develop goals.
This is the first time the RPS Board of Education has earned the Board of Excellence Award.
RPS Board President Heather Johnson said in her four years on the board the professional development opportunities provided to her have helped her through the learning curve associated with becoming a board member.
Board Member Robin Richards started her role on the board a little before the coronavirus pandemic broke out and said the most helpful thing thus far been a weekly update sent by the NASB.
Richards said the RPS board of education thrives on the professional develop provided to them.
“We are always asking for more opportunities for development so we can make the best choices for the district,” Richards said.
RPS Director of External Relations & Engagement Jim Frederick said although it is not required to seek professional development opportunities in the Ralston school district, it is almost expected.
He said RPS does a good job at providing development opportunities to everyone from the teachers to the board embers so that everyone is on top of what is going in regards to the bigger picture side of education.
Richards and Johnson both said they wanted to thank RPS Superintendent Mark Adler and longtime board member Linda Richards for leading the entire board down the path of success.
In addition to the board award, individual board members also earned awards this year: